This comedy, very loosely based on the Dickens text, gives Bill Murray a platform for what he's always done best: caustic, wacky humor with a heaping dose of vulnerability. In this mish-mash of the classic, directed by Richard Donner, Alfre Woodard stands in for Bob Cratchit, sort of, and Bobcat Goldthwait plays an ousted employee set on revenge. Murray, as a hard-hearted executive of a fictional TV network, cares only about ratings and hypes his station's live "Christmas Carol" with on-air promos featuring plane explosions and acid rain. (It was the '80s.) Carol Kane shines as one of the ghosts and Karen Allen costars as the one who got away. But the film clearly belongs to Murray, who admits, "I was a schmuck!" and then yells, "I get it now!" before leading everyone in a singalong finale. Bah humbug, indeed.
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